Labor & Employment

2949 ABA Journal Labor & Employment articles.

Employee urine samples taken by ‘direct observation method’ don’t invade privacy, state supreme court rules
The Ohio Supreme Court ruled 4-3 on Wednesday that an employee can’t sue for invasion of privacy when an employer uses the “direct observation method” to collect a urine sample for drug testing.
Afternoon Briefs: Alaska attorney general resigns over text messages; lawsuit claims racial bias in concussion deal

Alaska attorney general resigns after text messages disclosed

Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson has resigned after a news investigation found that he sent more than 550 text messages in March…

Judge doesn’t have qualified immunity for alleged sex harassment, 3rd Circuit says
A federal appeals court has ruled that a Pennsylvania judge does not have qualified immunity for allegedly coercing a probation officer into sexual relations and continuing to harass her when the relationship ended.
Law firm teams up with Canadian legal tech company on AI-powered case prediction tool

Labor and employment law firm Fisher Phillips has partnered with Blue J Legal Inc. to bring the Toronto legal tech company’s AI-powered technology, which predicts court outcomes in the employment law arena, to the United States.

Uber and Lyft avoid shutdown after court delays injunction
Uber and Lyft avoided a shutdown Thursday after a California appeals court paused a legal battle over the companies' refusal to comply with a law classifying drivers as employees.
Fired legal assistant at Kirkland & Ellis claims firm restructuring was motivated by age bias
A former legal assistant at Kirkland & Ellis alleges that the law firm discriminated based on age when it fired a group of older litigation support workers and made them reapply for new positions in a “sham process.”
Harvard law prof claims reporter sexually harassed him, twisted facts in ‘gullible man’ story
Bruce Hay, a professor at Harvard Law School, has filed a lawsuit alleging that he was sexually harassed by a New York Magazine reporter who gained his confidence, manipulated him and portrayed him as a gullible victim in the article that she wrote.
Legal industry gains jobs for third month in a row after a disastrous April
The legal industry gained 1,900 jobs in July, the third month of increases after losing 68,000 jobs in April.
Former Reed Smith lawyer sues law firm for alleged discrimination after receiving concussion
A lawsuit has accused Reed Smith of wrongly firing a lawyer after a “discriminatory chain of perceptions and events” stemming from a concussion that the lawyer received while on vacation.
Former Pierce Bainbridge paralegal sues firm and ex-partner over alleged sex assault
A paralegal who alleged that she was sexually assaulted by a former partner at Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht has emerged from the shadows with a lawsuit that she filed Thursday.
Afternoon Briefs: Boston Marathon bomber wins death penalty appeal; what’s in the GOP coronavirus bill?

Appeals court overturns Boston Marathon bomber’s death sentence

A federal appeals court has overturned the death sentence for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court…

BigLaw firm and staffing company resolve claims over discrimination in hiring
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer and Law Resources Inc. will pay a $56,500 civil penalty to resolve claims that they excluded U.S. citizens with dual citizenship and non-U.S. citizens with authorization from a document review project, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.
Afternoon Briefs: Whole Foods sued over Black Lives Matter masks policy; NLRB makes firing activist workers easier

Whole Foods Market is sued over crackdown on workers’ Black Lives Matter masks

A discrimination lawsuit filed against Whole Foods Market on Monday contends that the grocery chain selectively enforces…

In apparent first, teachers union sues Florida governor to stop schools from reopening during COVID-19 crisis
A teachers union sued Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the state education commissioner on Monday in a bid to block the reopening of schools.
Prosecutor in critical condition with COVID-19 had filed an OSHA complaint
A hospitalized prosecutor in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, told colleagues he filed a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after becoming ill with COVID-19.

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